Heidi's Happy Hounds is owned and operated by lifelong animal lover Heidi Doucet. She grew up in a house full of pets including fish, hamsters, mice, rats, lizards, turtles, birds, cats, and of course, dogs. Heidi always imagined herself in a career dedicated to animals. She started walking dogs part-time in 2010 and a few months later, Heidi's Happy Hounds was booming. Animals are her passion and in 2013 she made dog walking and pet care her full-time career. Now she and the Happy Hounds team cater to hundreds of happy clients around Guelph. She lives with a spunky 2 year-old Australian Cattle Dog named Juniper and fosters dogs with Taffy's Legacy Canine Rescue and Rehabilitation and Tango's Lead Canine Rescue & Sanctuary.
Heidi is always striving to increase her knowledge of animals, especially dogs. She has certificates in Dog Emotion and Cognition, Animal Behaviour and Welfare, and Dr. Ian Dumbar's GROWL Workshop (on dog reactivity). As well as being Pet First Aid certified for cats and dogs, through Walks N Wags. She has also studied aversion free, reward-based dog training, canine body language, healthy play in dogs, puppy development and socialization, the art of impulse control, canine behaviour and physiology, management for reactive dogs, pattern games for engagement, and the history and domestication of dogs, as well as reading many training manuals, and attending many seminars, webinars, and conferences. She is a member of IAABC, working towards her CPDT certificate.
Brittany is a student at the University of Guelph studying Animal Science. Her love for animals started at a young age, always having cats and a dog around, as well as her own horse. Brittany's love for dogs is everlasting, and the well-being and happiness of dogs is most important to her.
Melanie has always had a passion for working with animals of all sizes, being an avid equestrian, volunteering in vet clinics and working as a farmhand most of her life. She completed her undergrad degree at the university of Guelph majoring in animal biology and is now starting her third year at Ontario veterinary college. In her free time, she loves hiking and training for agility trials with her energetic 2 year old corgi named Heifer!
Kristen is currently in the process of obtaining her Masters degree from the University of Guelph. During her undergrad at Queen’s she worked alongside the Kingston Humane Society to love and care for the wonderful animals there waiting for their forever home. Kristen has also spent some time volunteering at a small animal veterinary clinic, assisting with appointments, small surgeries, and the like. When Kristen is not busy studying the behaviour and welfare of chickens, she is spending time with her adorable little puppy Georgia.
Jenny is currently a student at the University of Guelph studying animal biology. She has worked alongside animal shelters for both Canada and Thailand. Jenny has also volunteered with rehabilitation centres and loves being able to help dogs where she can. She enjoys spending time and getting to know all sorts of dogs!
Hannah has had a love for dogs her whole life! Growing up, her family fostered dogs from the humane society and Hannah became very comfortable with many different sizes and temperaments. Hannah went on to manage a dog boarding kennel in Mississauga for 7 years. Then she apprenticed with a dog trainer in Toronto for a year before becoming a dog walker and trainer herself for several years. Hannah is passionate about building a strong bond with the dog for the best training results. She especially loves older dogs and Rottweilers!
As a small team of experienced dog owners and lovers, we really get to know you and your pets. We are knowledgeable in animal care, behaviour, and welfare, and we always go the extra mile to make sure your pet is well taken care of. We dedicate ourselves to the betterment of all animals and the industry of Professional Dog Walking by focusing on the care and safety of the dogs, continuing our canine education, and always showing respect for our community. We aim to offer exceptional pet care and to build strong relationships with all of our clients, both human and canine. Working with us means having a team of dog walkers at your disposal, so you never have to worry about sick days, vacation days, or emergencies interrupting your pets care.
Heidi's Happy Hounds